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[uhn-deen, uhn-deen] /ʌnˈdin, ˈʌn din/
any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus.
Origin of undine
< New Latin undīna (1658; coined by Paracelsus), equivalent to Latin und(a) wave, water + -īna -ine1
See sylph. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for undine
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  • "She's like undine after she had found her soul," said the Englishman.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • You remind me just now of pictures I have seen of undine and the woodland nymphs.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • Urquhart called her undine, and she was mostly known as the Mermaid.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I will sell it, fair undine, and you shall have the proceeds.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then there is undine, but she only appears on the operatic stage, and that but rarely.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • We thought the place worth a name, and called it undine Springs.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • undine (for such is her name) applauds this with great gusto.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • The undine, outfought by two Yankee gunboats, was beached and set afire.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • I didn't make much success of waking my undine's soul to life!

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes
  • Here he captured two transports and a light-draught called the undine.

British Dictionary definitions for undine


any of various female water spirits
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin undina, from Latin unda a wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undine

1821, from Modern Latin Undina (1650s), coined by Paracelsus ("De Nymphis") for a water spirit in his alchemical system, from Latin unda "a wave" (see water). Popularized by German romance "Undine, eine Erzählung" (1811) by Baron F.H.C. La Motte Fouqué. Undinism (1928) was coined by sex researcher Havelock Ellis to describe the fetish for urine (which Ellis had); nowadays it would be called urophilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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